With a new calendar year upon us, that means resolutions galore. I too was someone who would create resolutions, rarely following them all the way through. Some of have stuck, but far more have fallen off. After listening to the episode "How to Close the Books on 2017" on the Good Life Project podcast, I am approaching 2018 with a newer and fresher outlook.
There were two things I took away from that particular episode. 1) It is important to close the books on 2017 in order to create space for 2018. By doing something physical such as taking a deep breath and exhaling it all out, going for a midnight run, a polar plunge or writing in your journal and closing that book for good, all of these acts a great ways to put an end to the year. 2) There are three buckets to life, how we fill them is up to us.
I am adapting from the podcast, giving each bucket its own name and collectively calling them the "Piggy Bank of Life."
Each bucket is filled with things that bring joy, happiness, love, compassion, kindness and empathy to myself, friends, family and community (local and global). Sometimes what is filled in one may spill into another. That is what I love about this concept. Individual or collective, it all goes into the same piggy bank.
Bucket 1- VITALITY
Vitality is filled with things that will bring personal growth and nourishment to the body, mind and spirit. Examples include, but not limited to:
- proper nutrition and exercise
- more regeneration- meditation, constructive rest, vacation, retreats
- structured and unstructured alone time to sit with my thoughts
- continued weekly therapy
- playing guitar, snowboarding, hiking and wandering aimlessly
Bucket 2- CONNECTIONS
Connections is the power to be fully present for myself or someone else. Spending less time in front of a screen and more time face to face (when applicable). What this means to me:
- inviting friends/family from out of state to Boston for a visit
- more phone calls and hand written notes
- setting up social gatherings with friends who are near by
- road tripping
- walking in nature, swimming in the ocean, feeling the sand between my toes
- sitting on my cushion
Bucket 3- CONTRIBUTIONS
Contributions are what I can give back to the community. This means more than just a monetary donation to organizations that are important to me. It also includes:
- sitting next to a friend in need
- having conversations around difficult topics such as politics, workplace harassment, race, gender and identity
- standing up for causes such as immigration, health care and equality
- volunteering my time and strengths
- donating whole blood and platelets
- creating more content in the form of written word and video
While writing this piece, several ideas began to pop in my head about which bucket to begin with first. There are many things I want to do and people to visit and ways to contribute. No matter where I begin, I think it's a win-win.
2018 is going to be a great year! I look forward to sharing this journey with you.